Local Civil Protection Workers Perform Search and Rescue Exercise

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September 22, 2013

The maneuvers were carried out in the area of what was once the Blue Bay Hotel. (NotiVallarta)

As part of the activities undertaken in the framework of the commemoration of the National Day of Civil Protection, the officers of the Municipal Coordination of Civil Protection and Puerto Vallarta Firefighters conducted a search and rescue exercise in collapsed structures, with 45 officers certified by USER (Sistema de Búsqueda y Rescate Urbano).

The primary objective of this activity was to test response capabilities, organization and performance of search and rescue groups when handling an emergency.

The maneuvers were carried out in the area of what was once the Blue Bay Hotel. There they established a command post and an area of pre-hospital care. Resources included a fire truck, four ambulances and special tools and equipment.

The exercise was conducted under the assumption of a collapsed building, whose first report indicated that there were 21 people missing.

The maneuvers lasted for over four hours, during which time participants were assessed by USAR certified instructors on how to apply the search and rescue protocols, and the use of techniques and procedures which ensure the safety of the officers.

This exercise and other activities are elements of the ongoing training of emergency workers, headed by Ramón Guerrero Martínez, to ensure that rescuers are efficient, properly trained and certified to respond in case of an emergency.

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